The inaugural opening of the weekend long Kāʻanapali Fresh, A Culinary Experience, commenced with a Progressive Dinner leading guests through the beautiful resorts of world-renowned Kāʻanapali beach. An evening celebrating Kāʻanapali’s finest Chefs preparing locally sourced, freshly foraged herbs, fruits and vegetables grown from the aina and showcasing them within some amazing culinary creations.
Guests enjoyed a literal moving dining experience through the art of fresh fare; an evening that revealed Kāʻanapali Resort is not only the place where the world comes to play, but also to dine.
Starting along the south end of Ka’anapli at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, highlighting the newly re-opened Japengo, guests began their evening tour of exquisite cuisine. Chef Gevin Utrillo and Sushi Chef David “Jay” Ledee, partnered together and created fresh ceviche tacos, cradled in crisp wonton shells resting in specially made carved wood holders, steaming hot Korean sea food pancakes, and fresh sushi to name a few. Guests sipped fresh cocktails and Champaign while the sun began to set on Kāʻanapali.
Moving north along the Kāʻanapali boardwalk evening attendees were greeted with Aloha by The Westin Maui Resort & Spa with a luau experience that featured hula, fire dancing, and live poi pounding. Kāʻanapali Fresh participants were treated to entrées executed with flavor and elegance, the most talked about being the Grilled Colorado Natural Lamb Chop and Seared Beef and Hamakua Mushroom Poke. “Food is limitless” said Ka’anapali Co-Chairperson, Chef Garrett Fujieda and joining him this evening, The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas Executive Chef, François Millet stated “my inspiration comes from thinking what makes my stomach smile.” Together Chef Garret and Francois pushed the envelope in texture, taste and execution.
As the evening settled in and it was time to move on, a surprising blue moon rose perfectly over Kāʻanapali creating the scene for the perfect photo opportunity. Moving along down the board walk to the next and final stop for dessert at The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, here Chef Greg Gaspar had a delectable array of coffee and sweets waiting; Chocolate Macadamia Flan, Kāʻanapali Coffee Crème Brule, Chocolate Bonbons, Strawberry Shortcake and Cheesecake topped off the night at the first Kāʻanapali Fresh.